Business

Trusty Brewing Co. gets off to promising start in downtown Vancouver

Jun 25, 2016

According to newspaper folklore, there was plenty of beer drinking going on between editions back in the day.

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Business News

County council, mental health agency butt heads over condos

June 25, 2016, 6:06 AM

It’s been more than a month since Columbia River Mental Health Services approached the Clark County council with what at first appeared to be a relatively simple request.

Berko: Forget Uber; buy and keep these stocks

June 25, 2016, 6:00 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: I teach school and earn $44,000 a year. Florida’s retirement program is lousy. Fortunately, my husband, a long-haul trucker, inherited $287,000 from his daddy. We need advice on investing this. We also have $52,000 in certificates of deposit, which we want to keep liquid. We are both 43, have two children and have no debts. My husband built our home, and we only have a $12,000 mortgage. We will be conservative with this money. What are your recommendations? Also, can we buy Uber stock? It’s not public, but someone told us we could buy small amounts. A friend at Microsoft told me his company invested $100 million in Uber, and one of his colleagues bought $25,000 of Uber. We’d like to invest about $5,000 of our money in Uber. Would it be a good investment?

Cable firms, FCC work on proposal

June 25, 2016, 5:54 AM

For weeks, cable providers such as Comcast have been resisting a federal proposal that would force them to make their channels available to anybody who wanted to design new user interfaces for them. Instead of browsing the channel lineup through cable-provided menus and devices, consumers should have access to a greater variety of choices, argue the regulators who proposed the move.

$1,000 Segway MiniPro is a head-turner

June 25, 2016, 5:54 AM

LOS ANGELES — A new self-balancing electric scooter from Segway grows on you. Like a comfortable pair of shoes, it takes you places, but on wheels.

Health Worker Report

June 25, 2016, 12:27 AM

In June, The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and the Washington State Department of Health suspended the credential of Clark County pharmacist Lynne Renee Workman, pending further proceedings. Workman allegedly had 58 tablets of a variety of controlled substance medication in her possession which had been taken from the pharmacy where she was employed. Charges say Workman had no prescription for any of the medications. Workman may not work as a pharmacist in Washington until the charges are resolved.

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Briefs

New Sharp Corp. owner plans subsidiary cuts

June 24, 2016, 3:54 PM

Having recently completed a takeover of financially troubled Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp., the leader of Taiwan-based Foxconn says Sharp has "too many subsidiaries," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Nonprofit Empower Up to sell overstock

June 24, 2016, 3:51 PM

Nonprofit Empower Up, a Vancouver electronics recycling organization at 5000 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., will be selling off its excess stock of refurbished consumer electronics.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: New days, challenges are ahead

June 19, 2016, 6:03 AM

I arrived at The Columbian as a business reporter in late 2010, a dark time in Southwest Washington as the Big Short worked its way through the region’s economic arteries. The foreclosure auctions held every Friday outside the Clark County courthouse were testament to this community’s desperate saga. No job, no home.

Strictly Business: Startups facing challenges

May 29, 2016, 6:05 AM

Do you remember the old mom-and-pop neighborhood markets?

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Columnists

Berko: Forget Uber; buy and keep these stocks

June 25, 2016, 6:00 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: I teach school and earn $44,000 a year. Florida’s retirement program is lousy. Fortunately, my husband, a long-haul trucker, inherited $287,000 from his daddy. We need advice on investing this. We also have $52,000 in certificates of deposit, which we want to keep liquid. We are both 43, have two children and have no debts. My husband built our home, and we only have a $12,000 mortgage. We will be conservative with this money. What are your recommendations? Also, can we buy Uber stock? It’s not public, but someone told us we could buy small amounts. A friend at Microsoft told me his company invested $100 million in Uber, and one of his colleagues bought $25,000 of Uber. We’d like to invest about $5,000 of our money in Uber. Would it be a good investment?

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Real Estate

Affordable housing slipping away from median household income

June 17, 2016, 7:12 PM

If you’re an average family in Clark County, you can buy an average house — at least according to the numbers.

Home show winners named

June 17, 2016, 4:04 PM

The Building Industry Association presented awards at its June dinner meeting for the Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour and the NW Natural New Homes Tour, including the NW Natural Chef, Hop & Vine kick-off event.

Report: Clark County home sales hit new highs in May

June 15, 2016, 5:17 PM

There are a few recurring themes for those looking to buy a home in Clark County: higher prices, less time on the market, more activity and lower inventory.

Portland mulls foreclosures for 1st time in 50 years

June 15, 2016, 6:44 AM

City officials in booming Portland have developed a plan to foreclose on so-called "zombie homes" for the first time in 50 years as the city grapples with a swelling population and skyrocketing home costs that threaten to lock new homeowners out of the market.

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